Bowen Gulch Trail is a 15.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from June until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Granby: Follow Highway 40 west to Highway 34. Go north on Hwy 34 to Rocky Mountain National Park's West Entrance. From the park entrance, follow Trail Ridge Road for 6.4 miles to the Bowen/Baker Trailhead parking area. From the parking area follow the signs to Bowen Gulch . Bowen Gulch can also be reached from the south on the Wolverine Trail.
Beautiful forest views. Wonderful way to spend the day:)
Trail is located in Arapaho Forest - Never Summer Wilderness but accessed via RD34 through Rocky MNT Nat Park.
Excellent loop trail with option to hike on the Continental Divide Trail. I started clockwise from the trail head at Bowen/Baker. The first night i camped at Bowen Lake (amazing lake with good tree coverage) and saw a female moose (cow) with her offspring (saw them on the trail 1 mile below the lake). The following day I hiked up the CD trail to Parika Lake and saw 3 Bull Moose hanging out like no one's business. It was amazing. I watched the moose all day just grazing around the lake. I spent the 2nd night at Parika and hiked out the following day. Plenty of water sources on trail. Only sad note is the beetle kill. No bushwhacking in these parts....too many dead trees to climb over.
The weather moves fast! I almost got caught up in a morning rain storm on the CD Trail. Not good. Kinda scary. Afternoon storms are the norm and you can set your watch to them ~~~~2pm
Completed trail middle of August 2016
Very easy along a river
This is absolutely one of my favorite day hikes in the Rocky Mountain National Forest. You do have to pay a fee to park by the trailhead but this is one of the few trails that is worth paying to park for. Absolutely gorgeous full day hike to be remembered. This trail has it all, from waterfalls to breathtaking views of the forest. Maybe we just got lucky but our group did not pass anybody on our full day hike in the middle of August.